This fall, join the Youth Services department for a series of events surrounding the Library’s city-wide reading initiative, One Book, One White Plains. We'll be reading Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi. The book is available in regular print, large print, and CD audiobook from our physical collection and as a digital audiobook and eBook from OverDrive and Libby.
To give teens more time to read the book, we've postponed our teen book discussion of Stamped. The book club has been rescheduled for Monday, November 9th, at 4:30 p.m. We’ll discuss the book and play a round of trivia. Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to join in. We will provide a free copy of the book for the first 13 teens to register for the discussion. Limit 1 book per family. When the books are available, we will email to arrange pickup; please list an email address when registering.
We will also have two special events in October that tie into the One Book, One White Plains titles. On the evening of October 21st, Sachi Feris, of Raising Race Conscious Children, will help parents and caregivers become more comfortable discussing race with young children. On the evening of October 28th, Ibram X. Kendi will appear in conversation in an event presented by the White Plains Library Foundation, in partnership with the Thomas H. Slater Center and other sponsors.
As a follow-up to Kendi’s visit, librarians Ashley and Raquel will feature Stamped in a book discussion for children in grades 4-6 with their caregivers on Wednesday, November 18th at 7:00 p.m. Attending the Race Consciousness Workshop on October 21 will provide adults a strong foundation for discussing the issues raised in Stamped while reading it alongside their child. A free copy of the book will be provided for the first 12 adult/child pairs to register for the discussion. Limit 1 book per family. When the books are available, we will email to arrange pickup; please list an email address when registering.
We plan to continue providing a forum for these discussions at the Library. Stay tuned for more about our upcoming Project LIT book clubs for children and teens.